29 and 31 October 2013. Nouakchott and Dakar. The World Bank has prepared a background paper, titled ‘Transforming Agriculture in the Sahel: What Would It Take?’ as input into summits on pastoralism and irrigation in the Sahel that the Bank and its development partners are organized in Nouakchott and Dakar.
According to the background paper, the Sahel sub-region “has experienced multiple shocks, largely induced by agricultural risks over the past 30 years, which impose high welfare cost in terms of food availability, food affordability, and malnutrition.”
The paper indicates that a sustainable landscape approach in the Sahel involves six core intervention areas: massively scaling-up irrigation investments; facilitating wide-spread adoption of sustainable land and water management (SLWM) practices in rain-fed agriculture; enhancing pastoralists development and livestock management; accelerating adoption of resilient agricultural technologies and drought tolerant crop varieties; improving post-harvest management practices and market access and integration; and improving emergency preparedness.